How Can We Measure Success? Clinical Outcome Measures for a Short-term Medical Service Trip

10-08-2017 01:01

Considering the volume of resources committed to short-term medical service trips, the current literature on clinical or patient-oriented outcomes on MSTs is scarce. Shoulder to Shoulder Global provides a blended program of both short and long term care through MSTs and a permanent clinic in Santo Domingo, Ecuador, which we all have had the privilege of visiting.

Using data extracted from the TimmyCare electronic health record collected over the last three years, we want to share our initial experience with a health impact assessment based on preliminary measures of hypertension control. We will focus on descriptive statistics for a population of adult patients with hypertension and discuss the challenges of measuring clinical quality in the setting of intermittent care.

Author(s):Christine George MD PGY2, Sam Waling DO PGY2, Rameeza Sheriff MD PGY2, Maria Gabriela Castro MD, Associate Professor & Director of Global Health Programs, Sam Matheny MD MPH, Assistant Provost for Global Health Initiatives
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Considering the volume of resources committed to short-term medical service trips, the current literature on clinical or patient-oriented outcomes on MSTs is scarce. Shoulder to Shoulder Global provides a blended program of both short and long term care through MSTs and a permanent clinic in Santo Domingo, Ecuador, which we all have had the privilege of visiting. Using data extracted from the TimmyCare electronic health record collected over the last three years, we want to share our initial experience with a health impact assessment based on preliminary measures of hypertension control. We will focus on descriptive statistics for a population of adult patients with hypertension and discuss the challenges of measuring clinical quality in the setting of intermittent care.

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